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January 17, 2006

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Kirston Fortune, Assistant Dean for Communications, 512-471-7330.

Professor David Rabban Named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of UT Law

Photo of Professor David Rabban
Professor David Rabban
Photo Credit: Wyatt McSpadden

AUSTIN, Texas—Professor David Rabban has been named associate dean for academic affairs at The University of Texas School of Law for the spring semester. He holds the Dahr Jamail, Randall Hage Jamail and Robert Lee Jamail Regents Chair and is a University Distinguished Teaching Professor. He was recently honored as the first recipient of the prestigious Massey Teaching Excellence Award.

Rabban will replace Professor Steven Goode, who will become dean ad interim for the School of Law on Feb. 1, 2006, when current Law School Dean William C. Powers Jr., begins his tenure as the university’s president.

Rabban served as counsel to the American Association of University Professors for several years before joining the Texas faculty in 1983. He has served as general counsel of the AAUP since 1998. His teaching and research focus on labor law, constitutional law, higher education and the law, and American legal history. He is best known for his path-breaking work on free speech in American history. He is the author of Free Speech in Its Forgotten Years, 1870-1920 (Cambridge,1997), which received the Forkosch Prize from the Journal of the History of Ideas for "the best book in intellectual history published in 1997." His many articles have appeared in Yale Law Journal, Stanford Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review and elsewhere. He was a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, D.C. in 1994-95.

Related Links:
About Professor Rabban: http://www.utexas.edu/law/faculty/rabbandm/
Professor Steven Goode Appointed Dean Ad Interim of UT Law: http://www.utexas.edu/law/news/2005/121205_goode.html
Dean Bill Powers Named 28th UT-Austin President: http://www.utsystem.edu/news/2005/UTAustinPresidentPowers12-05-05.htm